Haverford College Library

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Haverford College Library

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

Email:  hc-special@haverford.edu


Quaker and Special Collections
James P. Magill Library
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041-1392


Hours:  Libraries and hours

Directions, maps, and parking:

  • Visiting Haverford - options available at bottom of page: Directions, Visit Campus, Campus Map
  • Campus Map - select "Type", e.g., Visitor Parking

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

History of Quakerism from 17th-century Britain to the present day in many parts of the world. Collection includes diaries, photos, family papers, Quaker meeting and organizational records; 35,000 books, 2,400 linear feet of manuscripts. Rare books and manuscripts cover all fields of knowledge with particular strengths in American and British history. Founded by Orthodox Quakers, the school is now non-denominational with a Quaker influence.[1] [2]

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If you cannot visit or find a source at the Haverford College Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at Philadelphia records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, and military records.[3]
  • Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, indexes and original sources of Pennsylvania Archives, such as vital records, military records, naturalization, prisoners, land records, censuses, and ships lists 1728-1808. Also, unfilmed transcripts from many historical societies and courthouses.[4] [5]
  • State Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, indexes and surname files, histories, atlases, land records, maps, ship lists, church and cemetery records, censuses, regimental histories, ethnic and religious groups, newspapers, obituaries, naturalizations, and city directories.[6]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Delaware County

  • Delaware County Archives, Lima, births 1852-1855, 1893-1907, deaths 1852-1855, 1893-1906, marriages 1852-1855, 1855-1930, civil and criminal cases, naturalizations 1795-1990, prisoners 1873-1917, wills 1789-1940.[8]
  • Delaware County Historical Society, Chester, birth, marriage, burial, census, church, court, genealogical, and land records, maps, newspapers, telephone books, city directories, yearbooks.[9]
  • Rachel Kohl Library, Glen Mills, genealogy programs and collection.

Chester County

Lancaster County

Philadelphia County

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. About the Quaker Collection (accessed 13 February 2022
  2. Haverford College in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 1 January 2014).
  3. Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  4. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 97. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  5. Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (accessed 23 December 2013).
  6. Genealogy and Local History in Pennsylvania Department of Education (accessed 27 December 2013).
  7. Friends Historical Library in Swarthmore College (accessed 24 December 2013).
  8. Delaware County Archives in Delaware County, Pennsylvania (accessed 1 January 2014).
  9. Research Library in Delaware County Historical Society (accessed 1 January 2014).
  10. Archives and Records Services in Chester County, Pennsylvania (accessed 1 January 2014).
  11. Library in Chester County Historical Society (accessed 1 January 2014).
  12. Resources in Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  13. Genealogy Resources/Church Records in Franklin and Marshall College Library (accessed 24 December 2013).
  14. Genealogy Resources in Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  15. Contact information in United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (accessed 18 January 2021).